Jason Leonard OBE

England's most capped rugby player of all time

About

Jason Leonard was educated at Warren Comprehensive School, Chadwell Heath Essex and played his early rugby with Barking before joining Saracens with whom he won a Courage League Division Two title in 1989/'90.

After playing with the England Colts he won 'B' caps against Fiji and France 'B' before touring Argentina with the senior squad in 1990 - when he played in both tests and during the 1990/'91 season he left Saracens to join his present club Harlequins.

Jason has been a regular in the side ever since and is now England's most capped forward with 114 caps, but he had to stop playing after England clinched their second consecutive Grand Slam against Wales in 1992.

This was because of a ruptured disc in his back which required surgery. In all he was out of the game for three months but he made a full recovery and returned to rugby at the start of the following season without missing a game for England. During the 1996/'97 season he captained the side against Argentina and marked the occasion by scoring his first and to date only international try.

He is now England's most capped player of all time breaking the record, previously set by Rory Underwood, against Argentina in November 2000.

He was also on the last three British & Irish Lions tours to New Zealand (1993), South Africa (1997) and Australia (2001).

Jason was awarded the MBE for services to rugby in 2002 and an OBE after England's Rugby World Cup success. He was also inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014.

Since his retirement, Leonard Leonard has been highly active in the governance of rugby. He was President of the RFU from 2015-2016 and is the current Chairman of the British & Irish Lions.

Speech Topics

Jason Leonard’s experience from being a Rugby World Cup Champion to his wide ranging formal boardroom roles such as Chairman of the British Lions and President of the RFU and the wide range of consulting work he does, makes him a versatile, entertaining and accomplished speaker.

After Dinner Speaking
With hundreds of tales from old school touring, Jason Leonard reminisces about everything from drinking to notorious team mates, the trouble they got into, and everything in between. All that whilst playing rugby under huge pressure at the top of the global game.

The face and shape of Rugby has changed since those days, and Jason will shock, entertain and make you laugh as only he can, as he brings it all to life.

Corporate Keynote & Motivational Speaking
In addition to giving light-hearted and entertaining after dinner speeches, Jason is very popular for delivering keynote and motivational presentations on a variety of leadership themes from success planning, mental strength, resilience, pressure management, dealing with adversity, communication, accountability, outward thinking and team psychology.

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Jason Leonard OBE. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

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